Category Archive: idea notebooks

Inspire Your Young Writers With A Wide Inclusive Range of Topics and Stories

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One thing we can do to support all writers, is to be intentional in the topics and story ideas we use as models and mentors. Modeling a wide range of stories and ideas can help each of your writers be inspired.

The Idea Book: A Tool To Help Kids Live Like Writers

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It’s never too early to instill writerly habits. A class idea book will inspire kids to collect seeds for writing everywhere they go (and much, much more!).

Mentoring: Peace, Locomotion

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My colleague and next-door-classroom-neighbor Leanna and I were eating and grading writer’s notebooks together at lunchtime today.  I got to the second notebook in my stack and said, “She’s gotta be kidding me!”… Continue reading

Reading Notebooks

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Katie asked: How often do you collect and look at notebooks or are you doing it as you conference with students? I rarely read through a student’s notebook during a Writing Conference.  The… Continue reading

Just what are the kids writing in those notebooks?

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Mrs. V. left the following comment yesterday: “Thanks for your details. Could you tell me more about their idea notebook nightly assignment? What are the requirements and how do you assess it? Also,… Continue reading

From the Notebook to a Final Copy

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Yesterday, Katie left the following comment: Stacey is there a post or can you post your process for students’ writing. What I mean is where do they draft, what do you collect and… Continue reading

Gearing Up for the Classroom Part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Are you planning to host a Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) in your classroom during the month of March?  If so, here are some basic tools to launch it this-coming Sunday, 3/1/09.… Continue reading

Progress in the Writing Circle

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Remember that group of kids I wrote about who I decided to take upstairs for weekly lunches on Tuesdays? Well, the five of us didn’t meet last week because the entire class watched… Continue reading

The Power of a Good List

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Naomi Leon keeps lists. Lots of them. However, she’s not real. Our students are real and quite frankly need to be taught the power in keeping lists. Over at my classroom blog, I’m… Continue reading

Unwrapping Literacy

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We’ve been using Slide a lot around here lately! So, here’s yet another Slide Show of the writing event that unfolded in my classroom today.

Five-Subject Writer’s Notebooks

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My students will be getting idea notebooks early in the school year. By late September, they’ll also possess five-subject writer’s notebooks, which they’ll use expressly for units of study. (Click here to read… Continue reading

They’re Going to Have Gifts To Open…

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These are the Moleskine Notebooks that I’m giving my students during the first week of school to use for on-the-go writing, Slice of Life Stories, ephemera, and much more. IDEA NOTEBOOK INTERIOR DECORATION… Continue reading